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Ana Maldonado

"QuestBridge allows you to show college admissions officers the challenges you have overcome. My future has become so much brighter due to this opportunity."

Santa Ana, CA
2011 National College Match Recipient
Princeton University, Class of 2016


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How Do You Apply for the National College Match?

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QuestBridge Application Requirements

checkmark A free, online QuestBridge application, including information on your academic and extracurricular accomplishments, financial background*, two essays, short answer questions
checkmark Two letters of recommendation from teachers in core academic subjects
checkmark A Secondary School Report from your high school counselor
checkmark A high school transcript and additional transcripts (if applicable)
checkmark Any standardized test score reports to-date. We accept SAT, ACT, Subject Tests, IB, or AP test scores. SAT and/or ACT test scores are highly recommended.

*Access to previous year tax returns and other financial documents is highly recommended and will help you complete the application.

Before you apply, please remember to:

1) Review Who Should Apply to make sure you are qualified to apply.

2) Research our partner colleges. QuestBridge works exclusively with our 35 partner colleges. Because the National College Match is binding, you should make sure you are interested in attending our partner colleges before applying.

3) Review the Standardized Testing page to make sure you are on track to fulfill the test requirements college you might rank.

Two Paths to Admission

Through the National College Match application, you have two potential paths to admission.

The majority of applicants will rank schools in order to participate in the early College Match to have a chance at being admitted with a full four-year College Match scholarship.

Because the College Match is highly competitive, most finalists will not match and will continue to apply Regular Decision to our partner colleges. A smaller number of applicants may choose to apply through Regular Decision only.


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Keep track of deadlines and view the entire College Match and Regular Decision timeline.
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Learn what makes the College Match unique, how to apply, and about the college requirements necessary to complete your application.
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Learn how to apply Regular Decision through QuestBridge.
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Review our policy on applying early to other colleges if you are participating in the National College Match.


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